News The logo of Samsung Electronics is displayed on a glass door at their headquarters in Seoul on November 6, 2013. Samsung Electronics promised better shareholder returns, dismissed fears over smartphone market saturation and signalled a more aggressive acquisitions policy Wednesday at a rare analysts' briefing to boost its flagging stock price.

Samsung has posted its first fall in quarterly profits for more than two years, fuelling fears that the booming smartphone market may be reaching saturation.

Facebook profits from mobile ads as revenues increase by 38 per cent

Facebook's revenues soared by 38 per cent over the first quarter, the social network said yesterday, as it earned more from mobile ads and grew its user base to over 1.1 billion active users every month, up 23 per cent in year on year terms.

City jobs dearth hits Harvey Nash

Strong demand for developers of software for smartphones and tablets could not stop the recruiter Harvey Nash posting a 7 per cent decline in pre-tax profit to £7.9m for the year to February. Revenues in the UK and Ireland rose 21 per cent to £210.4m, helped by London's buoyant tech industry, but not by the financial services and banking sector, which the company said remains "weak".

Samsung's profits jump to £4.2bn

Apple’s sun might be setting in the West but Samsung’s is rising in the East.

Fire burns aboard a fuel barge near Mobile in Alabama

Video: Three people 'in serious condition' after two barges explode in Alabama

Three people have been hurt in multiple explosions aboard two fuel barges in the Mobile River off Alabama city, forcing officials to evacuate nearby shipyards and one cruise vessel.

Profit alert at Spirent

The telecoms testing kit supplier Spirent warned that profits for the first three months of the year would be lower than expected yesterday as major customers in all parts of the world delayed spending.

The growth of apps such as WhatsApp and Viber tends to snowball

Going over the top: Who is going to profit from the rise of WhatsApp and Viber?

The apps are costing phone providers billions.

EE aims to outpace rivals as it doubles the speed of its 4G network summer

The phone giant EE, Britain's first operator of a super-fast 4G mobile service, has vowed to double the speed of its network by the summer just as rivals such as O2 and Vodafone finally launch their own services.

Netplay on to a winner on late-night TV

Persuading late-night viewers of ITV and Channel 5 to call in and gamble on casino-style games is paying off for Netplay TV, the Aim-listed group whose annual profits have soar more than fivefold to £3m.

EE mobile phone network

Everything Everywhere extends EE 4G network to 80 new UK locations

Mobile phone network EE plans to extend its 4G internet service to 80 new UK locations by June.

'Facebook is not building its own mobile phone, despite some reports to the contrary' founder Mark Zuckerberg said last year

A Facebook phone? Social media giant set to reveal 'new home on Android'

The internet rumour mill has gone into overdrive ahead of a Facebook event later this week where the social network has promised to reveal its “new home on Android”, with the reference to the mobile operating system reviving speculation that it might launch a Facebook-branded phone.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has called for higher penalties for drivers who use their mobile phone at the wheel

Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe calls for tougher action on drivers who use their mobile phone at the wheel

UK's top police officer worried by London's first road-deaths increase in 20 years

Nick D'Aloisio

Summly app created by British teenager is bought by internet giant Yahoo in deal worth 'dozens of millions' of pounds.

Yahoo purchased the Summly app, which summarises news stories from popular media companies, from its 17-year-old creator Nick D'Aloisio

Abu Qatada 'had extremist papers'

The radical cleric Abu Qatada is being investigated over extremist material found during a search of his house before he was arrested on 8 March, police have said.

George Obsorne 'wasted Whitehall time and created real economic costs' in last-minute budget manipulation, says Institute for Fiscal Studies

George Osborne has been accused of wasting the time of Whitehall officials and creating “real economic costs” for the country by the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank.

Mobile phone conversations often seem more intrusive than the general hubbub of people talking to one another

Hold the line: Overheard phone calls more distracting than room full of people chatting

People are more distracted by other individuals talking on their mobile phones than by listening in to background conversations between people in the same room, a study has found.

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